Our life here on earth is full of troubles because of sin. However, some burdens can bring ourselves or someone we know so low that it feels as if all strength is gone. In Acts 20:35 Paul admonishes the elders in Ephesus and the whole New Testament church to labor in supporting these children of God who are weakened by the troubles of this life. Click here to read Rev. James Slopsema's study on this urgent calling that we must all take to heart.
Depression is a very real struggle, even for many people of God. Elijah, a prophet dedicated to bringing people to God, even struggled with depression. In this sermon by Rev. Eriks, the people of God are educated on depression, guided through the struggles of depression, and taught to see the hope and comfort that we have in Jesus Christ. Click here to listen.
A chief characteristic of Christ's purified and redeemed people is that they are zealous of good works. Titus 2:14 proclaims, "Who [Christ] gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." Everyone has zeal for something. Not all, however, have a zeal for good works. Are you zealous of good works? Click here to read Rev. James Slopsema's study of good works and the characteristics of those who are truly zealous for good works.
Ephesians 2 paints a very clear picture of our salvation. The apostle Paul tells the church at Ephesus that they had been spiritually dead, but God made them alive by His great mercy and grace. Paul emphasizes that this salvation is completely accomplished by God and not at all based on any good work of man. But what place then do our good works serve in our salvation? The text tells us that works are the very purpose of God in us, that we were “created unto good works” and that He has “ordained that we should walk in them.” Click here to listen to Rev. David Overway provide a thorough survey of the believer’s ability to perform good works and the vital role they serve in his life.
The profaning of the Sabbath Day was not unique to Judah. It prevails also today in the church world. The church needs to hear the warnings that Nehemiah gave to the elders of Jerusalem. God requires in the fourth commandment that we keep the Sabbath Day holy. Click here to read more from Rev. Slosema's article on Sabbath observance.
God made the Sabbath day holy, separated from the common and consecrated to His service. He commands us in the 4th commandment to "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." What does this truly mean and how are we supposed to do this? Click here to listen to Rev. David Overway explain the meaning and the wonderful blessings that are experienced in the keeping of this commandment.